So it has been a busy place around here. I have a bunch of posts to catch up on. Today, I made a new treat. I made some chocolate chip cookies with spent grains. These are much different from the last bunch of beer cookies that I made. I was working with a 1 gallon kit that I was reviewing, and it had some grains. I just got the latest edition of Zymurgy, and there was a recipe right near the front….so I had to make some spent grain cookies!
After my review of the Bouncer beer inline filter, a comment popped in from a reader. I noticed a cool website address attached to it…so I decided to investigate a little bit. I got totally hooked! Here was a guy who is in my state, and doing a hopyard! So, I decided to contact him. Jeff Stannard of Stone Hard Hopyard was kind enough to respond. His website, starterhops.com is all about hops. So let’s get to know him a bit!
Hey Jeff – Thanks for agreeing to an interview!
So a little ways back, I was able to test out and review the Bouncer inline beer filter. I thought it would be a great time to pick the brains of the guys behind the product that is starting to take the homebrew community by storm! There has been some great feedback about the Bouncer, and people are chomping at the bit to get the Mac Daddy, which is my favorite of the two! Without further interruption, here is an insight with one of the Bouncer’s creators, Doug Kline.
Doug, thanks for agreeing to a quick interview about you and the Bouncer!
Thanks. Would I like to drone on about my favorite hobby? Sure! I’m more of the brewer (of the two creators), so I’m going to respond.
Happy 2017 Homebrewers! Last year, I set out on my New Beers Resolutions. I figured it was time to revisit them, a year later and see how I am doing. I think it is also a good time to set some new resolutions! It is always to set goals, even in our homebrewing, to help elevate ourselves to a higher level.
Let’s look at what I resolved to do last year, and examine how I did with it!
So for the second year in a row, I home brew beer brined a turkey. I learned a few things from last year, and put them towards my quest of a GREAT turkey dinner. This year I made some major improvements in the finished product, but I am still working on it. The bacon homebrew brined turkey experiment of 2016 was off and running!
Have you ever paid attention to any of those” suggested posts” on Facebook? More often than not, I just swing right by. One did catch my attention though, it was for the Bouncer. I am glad I took the time to really check it out, and contact Tim and Doug about what looked to be a really cool product. Homebrewing is filled with gadgets, and guys find really cool ways to to fix problems we run into. The Bouncer and the Bouncer MD solve all sorts of floating issues! It is two different beer inline filters that accomplish great things! So here is my product review of the Bouncer and Bouncer MD home brew beer inline filters. If you want the cliff notes, the answer is yes….go buy it….you won’t be disappointed. Oh wait, you want more details? Read those below.
So my next chapter of the speed cider has begun. But not before I let the speed cider go for a little longer then I expected…though I am glad I did. The cider kept perking away, so I let it. The T-58 cleared up from the cloudy cider to almost the same color! Amazing! Now it was time to split the two batches in half, and have a little fun with it!
We interupt this primary fermentation for the following Public Service Announcement…. BAG YOUR HOPS!
Well, I am at about 36 hours since pitching my yeast starter into my maple rye imperial stout. I have had issues. At 6 hours post pitching, I removed the airlock parts and attached a blow-off tube to a growler. at 18 hours, my wife texted me and told me the growler had been put into a pot since it was bubbling over. At 19 hours, she noted that some beer was dripping out of the top of the fermenter – it popped the screw top off the big mouth bubbler enough to let some through. Not a ton of cleanup, but enough.
At 30 hours, I noticed the bubbling had stopped in the growler. I found out that all those loose hops have been pushed above the krausen level and made basically a big, wet, sticky stopper between the CO2 and the blow-off tube….hence stopping lots of escaping gas from that outlet. Poke a hole in said layer and the bubbling resumed.
Takeaways from this? DON’T BE LAZY and not CONTAIN YOUR HOPS. Use a muslin bag, a reusable bag, or a hop spider. Don’t just put a few ounces of whole hops in….it may make for more work for you in the long run.
We now return to our regularly scheduled fermentation.
So, a few months back I got together with a few fraternity brothers for a night of brewing and tasting. It is always great to get together with some great guys, taste some great beers, and see how others run their brew processes. The first brotherhood brew was at my house, when I made Commandant Pliny. This time, we went to Bill’s house. Bill and Jeff were brewing that night, both are brewers for Quiet Storm Brewing Co.
So Father’s Day is coming up. A homebrewer should be a simple father to shop for! My wife often asks me for a wishlist for major holiday shopping. Often times I give a list of a few upgrades or needs. Why not compile a list of things that can be a gift for any homebrewer! I will split them up for price levels, so you can find things in any budget range. This is just a starting list! If you have any suggestions, add them in the comments below!
$9.99 and Under
This is a great category for little gift. These are items that most brewers need on a usual basis. They are a great gift from the kids to dad too!
Muslin Bags – These are great little bags for adding hops into your brew. As a homebrewer, it seems like I am always picking these up….one can never have enough of them!
Long Stainless Steel Spoon – This is a great upgrade for most brewers. The length makes it easier to not dip your hands into that boiling wort.
10″ Anti Splash Funnel – nothing makes a wife happier than a brew transfer that doesn’t splash on the floor.
Every brewer, or beer drinker for that matter, has a need to transport some cold beer from point a to point b. Enter the Insulated Six Pack Bottle Carrier With Opener. Now, a buddy of mine has a similar thing, and he uses it weekly coming to our poker game. Keeps your brewer’s beers cold and easy to carry. A bottle opener included is a bonus!
The Kettle Spider™ makes it easier to add your hops mid boil, and remove them before it hits the fermenter. This allows for a clearer beer setup. In order to be used, you do need to add on a bag.
Torpedo Kegs – Kegging will make any dad’s day. Stackable kegs….even better! These stainless steel beauts are a brewer’s best friend.
$100 and more
Ss Brewtech Brew Bucket Stainless Steel Fermenter – Who doesn’t want a cool looking fermenter? The conical design helps the trub stay out for clearer beer.
What’s on your list?